Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Springer Advances Relationship with Copyright Clearance Center by Incorporating Rightslink on SpringerImages

Leading Global STM Publisher Improves Customer Service Via Rightslink Implementation

Danvers, MA., – Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organization that is the world’s leading provider of copyright licensing solutions, has announced that Springer has expanded its implementation of Rightslink® on SpringerImages. A leading global scientific publisher of books and journals, Springer has been using Rightslink successfully since 2007 to instantly license customer requests to reuse content from its journals.

SpringerImages is a growing collection of approximately two million scientific images, tables, charts and graphs, spanning all scientific subject areas. It allows users to search fast, broadly and accurately through captions and keywords (both author-provided and user-generated). The platform provides bibliographic information for the sources, as well as one-click access to the full text, allowing users to delve deeper into the context of the image and research surrounding it.

Rightslink is CCC’s point of content licensing tool that is affixed by the rightsholder to digital content and enables its customers to conduct licensing transactions of all kinds without having to leave the rightsholder’s website.

“Springer is our first client to recognize the flexibility of Rightslink,” said Miles McNamee, CCC VP, Licensing and Business Development. “What makes Rightslink attractive to organizations such as Springer is that it’s content agnostic and can manage everything – text, still images, charts and video.”

“Rightslink allowed for a seamless transition to help manage our nearly two million images,” said Olaf Ernst, President of eProduct Management and Innovation at Springer. “We’re now in a more fortuitous position to continue providing unique value to students, researchers, professors and librarians with a single comprehensive resource for scientific images.”

About Copyright Clearance Center
Representing copyright holders from nearly every country in the world, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a global rights broker for millions of the world’s most sought after materials, including in- and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, images, blogs and ebooks. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, today CCC promotes the seamless sharing of knowledge by creating innovative licensing solutions that let academic institutions, businesses, and individuals quickly get permission to use copyright-protected materials while compensating authors, publishers, and other content creators for the use of their works. For more information, visit www.copyright.com.

About Springer Science + Business Media

Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is a leading global scientific publisher, delivering quality content through innovative information products and services. The company is also a trusted provider of local-language professional publications in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands. In the science, technology and medicine (STM) sector, the group publishes around 2,000 journals and more than 6,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in about 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and more than 5,000 employees. In 2008, it generated annual sales of around EUR 880 million.

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